Needlestick Prevention

Needlestick injuries in agriculture are common although not as recognized as those in human clinical settings. Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and on site workers are susceptible to needlesticks on the job. These injuries can be serious and may require medical attention. These needlestick prevention resources are intended to educate those individuals and prevent injuries in swine and dairy operations.

SAFETY ALERT
Altrenogest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting veterinary medical professionals, as well as those who work with horses and pigs, that a synthetic progesterone (hormone) product commonly used in these animals may cause reproductive system disorders and other adverse effects in people who become exposed to the drug.

The FDA is providing this alert because of the nature of the adverse events, some of which have occurred in teenage girls.

SAFETY ALERT
Micotil 300 (tilmicosin)

An antimicrobial used in cattle and sheep has killed at least 25 people and hurt thousands in 25 years. Food and Drug Administration officials issued a warning in September to veterinarians, livestock owners, and health care providers that tilmicosin is dangerous and has no antidote.

Micotil 300, an injectable tilmicosin drug, is administered to treat respiratory disease in cattle and sheep. It has been associated with 2,200 reports in the U.S. of adverse events involving human exposure, most of them from accidents, according to FDA information.

 

FACT SHEETS AND POSTERS

UMASH has developed the following needlestick prevention fact sheets and posters for farm workers, producers and veterinarians. These are high resolution pdfs – ready to print and hang!

VIDEOS

UMASH has developed videos on needlestick prevention on dairy farms and swine/hog farms. These videos are available in English and Spanish.

These videos are provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of CDC/NIOSH or any other funders.

View the videos directly on our site by clicking on them below, or download the video by right-clicking the “Download mp4” link below the video and saving the file.

Preventing Needlestick Injuries
Proper Use on Dairy Farms

Updated: October 2018
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Preventing Needlestick Injuries
Proper Use on Swine and Hog Farms

Updated: October 2018
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Previniendo lesiones por piquetes de agujas
El uso apropiado en lecherías

Updated: October 2018
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Previniendo lesiones por piquetes de agujas
El uso apropiado en granjas porcinas

Updated: October 2018
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TRAINING

Needle Know How Webinar

Needlestick Prevention

UMASH Co-Director, Jeff Bender was a presenter on a November 28, 2018 webinar hosted by the National Pork Board and the National Hog Farmer. The webinar’s purpose was to advise hog producers about proper needle usage and worker safety with administration techniques. He was joined by Karen Hoare, Director of Producer Learning and Development at the National Pork Board and Dr. Scanlon Daniels, DVM from Circle H Headquarters, LLC.

This webinar is FREE – you will just be asked to register before viewing.

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DON’T GET STUCK! Preventing Needle Stick Injuries in Agricultural Settings

Needlestick injuries in agriculture are common although not as recognized as those in human clinical settings. Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, and on-site workers are susceptible to needlesticks on the job. These injuries can be serious and may require medical attention.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Be aware of the type of products that livestock producers and veterinarians are exposed to.
  • Recognize the epidemiologic features associated with needlestick related injuries.
  • Use and apply preventive practices to reduce needlestick related injuries.